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27 Fun & Best Things to Do in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach Boardwalk King Neptune Statue

Looking for fun things to do in Virginia Beach, Virginia? With about 35 miles of beachfront property – made up of the three distinctive sandy strips of Chesapeake Bay Beach, Virginia Beach, and Sandbridge Beach – the area known as Virginia Beach is one of the best beaches in Virginia. It offers a boatload of fun for families, couples, and solo travelers.

The largest city in the Old Dominion, the sunny city of Virginia Beach, is about 18 miles east of Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk, the headquarters and home port of the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. It’s the world’s largest naval station (it’s the home port for 75 warships and submarines as well as five of the Navy’s 12 enormous aircraft carriers). If you’re a military, maritime, or naval enthusiast, this is one of the best places to visit in Virginia, nay, the United States!

Virginia Beach offers the waterfront options of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as Norfolk. Even if you’re not a fan of sand and surf, you’ll find that this coastal city features historic Virginia Beach attractions, arts and culture, amusement parks, outdoor recreation, eco-adventure, boat tours, and other fun activities.

Visit Virginia Beach for events like the East Coast Surfing Championships, art shows, wine festivals, volleyball tournaments, Virginia Beach Restaurant Week, and the Something in the Water music festival. Developed by Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams, Something in the Water features performances by artists like the Wu-Tang Clan, Machine Gun Kelly, Third Eye Blind, Mumford & Sons, Skrillex, and many more.

So yeah, Virginia Beach has got it going on. Now you’re free to take my word for it, but if you need a little more convincing, read on for the very best of Virginia Beach!

TL;DR: A Local’s Picks

Fun Things to Do in Virginia Beach, Virginia

1. Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Virginia Beach Boardwalk King Neptune Statue
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Anchored by the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, which is approximately three miles long and about 28 feet wide, the main beach strip runs from 2nd Street at Rudee Inlet in the south to 40th Street in the north. The boardwalk was built in 1888.

Originally wooden, Virginia Beach’s boardwalk was replaced with concrete in 1927. The boardwalk is an excellent spot for walking, bicycling (there’s a separate bike lane), and running. You can also go fishing at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier.

Along the boardwalk, there are…

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